Should You Neuter Your Boxer
Having a male Boxer will be a delight for you and your family, but you may now have concerns about whether or not you should get your Boxer neutered. There are pros and cons to each side of this argument, but what it boils down to are your own individual needs, dislikes and likes and plans for the dog. Making this decision is an important one, as it cannot be reversed or taken back and should be made as early in the dogs like to avoid complications or the development of bad habits.
You may notice that as your dog has gotten older, he has become more aggressive. Neutering does lower aggression in dogs, but it not a guarantee that the aggression will completely go away. There is a possibility that this is part of the dog’s personality and will need to be handled with rigorous training. While training a Boxer can prove challenging, it is not a medical procedure and should be attempted prior to altering the dog if this is your only concern.
There are many other reasons that people neuter their Boxers. One of these is as a social responsibility to the community. If you are not planning on breeding your dog, then neutering will prevent accidental pregnancy if your dog encounters a unaltered female in heat, which if there is one in the area, the dog will find a way to it! There are already a large number of unwanted mutt dogs in shelters around the globe, so neutering your pet would be doing your part to help this global problem.
Also as male dogs reach sexual maturity, they begin this wonderful territorial habit called marking. This means that they lift their leg and urinate in spots to mark an area as their territory to alert other dogs to enter with caution. Your Boxer’s territory may be your shoes, your couch, your cabinets, one spot on the wall of your house, etc. This can become a nasty, smelly, hard to clean mess, and once a male dog begins it is hard to train the behavior out of them. Neutering your pet at the first sign of leg lifting may stop this problem all together.
There are also other known health benefits for a neutered Boxer. These include a decrease of risk for enlarged prostates, prostatic cysts, prostatic tumors and cancers, testicular tumors and cancers.
On the other hand, you may be looking forward to showing and/or breeding your dog. Dogs that are altered are not allowed in many dog shows and would not be able to used as a stud or for breeding in your own line, which can lead to an income to pay for the cost of the dog itself over time. If you plan on doing these activities, do not neuter your Boxer.
In addition, if you neuter your Boxer, you will need to pay special attention to its weight, diet and exercise. Neutering lowers sex drive and thus increases weight. An overweight dog will have health risks of its own. Also, while neutering is one of the safest, all surgical procedures come with their own risks to the dog. They can develop arthritis and other osteopathic and cardiovascular diseases if you are not able to control their weight.
As you can see, there are definitely two sides to the debate. Whether or not you should neuter your Boxer is going to depend on if you plan to show or breed the dog, its own temperament, and also your person commitment to monitoring your dog’s weight and health. Be sure to carefully weight both sides and discuss them with your family before making your decision.